In exactly one week, recruiting fanatics all over the country will be hitting their refresh buttons, hundreds...maybe thousands of times on sites such as Rivals.com and Scout.com to see if the 5 or 4 star recruit actually did fax in his LOI to their school. Or did he pull an about face and send it to their rival? Remember, keep checking this blog because I will be running a live blog the entire day of Signing Day, February 4, 2008. I will post the rumors that I have been hearing and any signings for flips that occur during the day.
Checking out the Rivals.com Top 100 prospects, you'll notice that the majority of them have verballed to a school (which we know means nothing as of not), but there are a few out there that are totally undecided or just want to wait till signing day to announce. Here is a list of 7 in the Top 50 who have yet to announce where they want to go to school:
#2 Rueben Randle - Rueben is the 2nd overall ranked prospect and the top wide receiver prospect in the nation. You can tell why because of the size and speed he has going for him. As of now he has a list of 3 schools, LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma, who are finalists for his services.
#10 Jelani Jenkins - Jenkins has a knack for finding the ball and can really lay a good hit on the ball carrier. He is the best (outside) linebacker left uncommitted. If you watched the Army-All-American Game you would have come away very impressed with this young man. Jelani has his choices down to both Florida and Penn State, and will announce at his school next Wednesday.
#11 Dre Kirkpatrick - In 3 years as a started in High School, Dre has 17 interceptions, which is why he is Rivals.com #1 ranked defensive back. As receivers get bigger and bigger, DB's need to also, and Kirkpatrick has the size at 6' 2" to man up with any receiver in the country. It seems to be down to Alabama, Florida and Texas, for Dre.
#12 Manti Te'o - Manti has been an interesting person to follow the past few weeks. There were some who thought he was BYU's to lose because of his beliefs, but recently information has come out about his trip to BYU and his subsequent souring on the Cougars. Te'o has narrowed his choices down to Notre Dame, USC, and possibly BYU.
#27 Greg Reid - Reid is the 4th ranked DB by Rivals.com, he might have the same speed as Dre Kirkpatrick, but he isn't quite as big. That doesn't mean that the teams vying for him won't be happy to get this stud. Bobby Bowden has been down to visit Reid in the past week because he knows Florida State is in his final list, but so are Georgia and Alabama. I'm hearing there is some interest in Tennessee and Miami, but I believe those two schools to be long shots.
#49 Morgan Moses - Morgan is the highest rated offensive lineman still non-committed. He has the size at 6' 7" and 350 lbs, and the strength to possibly be a staple at left tackle for 3 or 4 years. Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Ohio State are the teams left on his list.
#50 Patrick Patterson - Size and speed are what Patterson has at 6' 3", 215 lbs and a 4.5 second 40 yard dash. The word I am getting is that he is starting to lean towards the school in his home state, Ole Miss. But I am sure Tennessee, Alabama, and Southern Mississippi won't let him go away without a dogfight.